Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recap: D-League Select 84, Hawks 74

Three-year NBA veteran guard Justin Dentmon led the way with 15 points as the NBA Development League Select team cruised to an 84-74 win over the Atlanta Hawks Monday at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Dentmon, a 29-year-old journeyman whose NBA resume includes stints with San Antonio, Toronto and Dallas, shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line, but had no assists or rebounds.
Casey Prather scored 13 points for D-League Select on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from three point range, adding seven rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Scotty Hopson, who notched totals of 27 and 20 points in D-League Select's first two games, had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Lamar Patterson led the way for the Hawks with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including two 3-pointers.
Perhaps most encouraging for the young Atlanta squad was 2014 second-rounder Edy Tavares, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds in only his third NBA game. Standing at 7-foot 3-inches, the 23-year-old from Cape Verde had a combined 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' two previous contests.
Second-year swingman Glenn Robinson III, who was let go by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this month, added 10 points and four rebounds for Atlanta.
D-League Select led 50-34 at the half, thanks to 12 first-half points from Dentmon and seven from starting guard Joe Jackson. Trailing by as much as 24 in the final period, the Hawks narrowed the deficit to 10, thanks to 12 fourth quarter points from Patterson.
Both D-League Select (2-1) and Atlanta (1-2) have Tuesday off before returning to action Wednesday.

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